Cybersecurity Essentials

Start date: TBC

Duration: 1 day in classroom followed by 10 week online learning (3 hours a week)

Location: TBC

Certificate: You will get a certificate of completion from the Cisco Networking Academy when you complete the course.

Cost: The cost after applying the skillnet grant is €295.

Programme overview

This is an ideal course for anyone who is not a cybersecurity specialist and needs to get a good all-round understanding of the fundamentals of Cybersecurity. You don't have to have any prior knowledge or experience of cybersecurity to do this course.

This course is delivered using a mix of classroom and online learning methods and materials. It starts with a one-day classroom session which introduces you to the core elements of the Cybersecurity Essentials course of the Cisco Academy™. You will be mentored to start using the online course materials and you will work through the initial modules as part of the group. Additional course materials will also be provided.

This will be followed by 10 weeks Instructor-led Online self-paced learning (approx 30 hours or 3 hours per week) with the opportunity for regular interaction and support through online sessions. Finally, you will attend a half day close off classroom session where you will be awarded the Cisco Cybersecurity Essentials Certificate.

Who should attend

The course is suitable for:

  • Anyone needing a good all-round introduction to Cyber Security
  • Anyone planning to work in a position that requires cyber security knowledge
  • Anyone starting a career in Cybersecurity who would like to get a good general introduction

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn valuable security principles and how to develop compliant policies.
  • Implement proper procedures for data confidentiality and availability.
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills using real world examples and labs.
  • Understand security controls for networks, servers and applications.


E-doing is used by Cisco Academy and is a design philosophy that applies the principle that people learn best by doing. The curriculum includes embedded, highly interactive e-doing activities to help stimulate learning, increase knowledge retention, and make the whole learning experience much richer. This e-doing makes understanding the content much easier.

Course Content

The course will cover the following content:

  • Describe how technologies, products, and procedures are used to protect confidentiality.
  • Describe how technologies, products, and procedures are used to ensure integrity.
  • Describe how technologies, products, and procedures provide high availability.
  • Explain how cybersecurity professionals use technologies, processes, and procedures to defend all components of the network.
  • Describe the principles of confidentiality, integrity, and availability as they relate to data and cybersecurity countermeasures.
  • Describe the characteristics of criminals and their motivations.
  • Describe the tactics, techniques and procedures used by cyber criminals.
  • Explain the purpose of laws related to cybersecurity.


Coursework will take place both in the classroom initially and then in the Cisco Academy online learning environment. Once you enroll, you’ll be asked to create a free account in the Cisco Academy, then taken to your learning dashboard. Course materials and tests may be accessed from there.

The Trainer

The hands on classroom trainer is Liam Lynch (L2C Cyber Security Solutions) who has nearly 30 years experience in the technology sector (with Aon Corporation, PaySys and EDS Ireland) and is highly skilled in IT Security, Data Protection, BCP/ITDR and Data Networking. He delivers easy to understand, simple security training for end-users to protect themselves online, as well as carrying out Security Risk Assessments and providing Business Continuity and IT Disaster Recovery Planning consultancy. Liam is also a member of the ENISA (EU Agency for Network and Information Security) Permanent Stakeholders Group (PSG).

Help from your peers

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